Pacific Air Forces sends team to address uptick in suicides
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Pacific Air Forces is looking into a spate of airman suicides, including three since April from Yokota’s maintenance group, 374th Airlift Wing commander Col. Kenneth Moss says.
About 200 airmen and civilians gathered last week for a town-hall meeting at the base’s main chapel to share their feelings about the recent deaths.
“The only way to realize you’re not alone is to understand that other people have many of the same struggles we all share,” Moss told those in attendance. “The only way to know that is to have a conversation. I can handle broke airplanes. I can’t handle broke airmen.”
PACAF has sent a team to investigate the Yokota incidents, and will also evaluate Misawa and Kadena air bases, he said.
The “suicide prevention support team” will “offer assistance and recommend improvements in order to affect changes targeted at preventing future suicide attempts and saving lives,” an Air Force official told Stars and Stripes via email.
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